Hayley Fager on International Agriculture Awards from INUAg.
Recognizing Urban Farmers for innovation, food justice and community education.
Hayley joined International Network for Urban Agriculture (INUAg) as the Director of Programming and Operations in March of this year. She develops and leads international and regional programming for the organization. Hayley came to INUAg from Chefs Collaborative in Boston, MA, after a brief stint as a whole animal butcher where she learned about the hands-on work that goes into creating sustainable food systems. With Chefs Collaborative, she developed and implemented a social media and promotions action plan for the organization’s National Sustainable Food Summit, which convenes 350+ leading chefs and food professionals across the country. Hayley graduated with a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from Colgate University, and is thrilled to be working with INUAg to help urban farmers cultivate sustainable food systems.
The INUAg advocates for, educates, and provides funding to urban farmers world-wide. They help urban growers connect to each other to share best practices and provide promotional support to their projects. They’ve facilitated exchanges between farmers in the U.S. and farmers in Europe, Canada, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, and the Philippines. They are currently collecting submissions for their Annual International Leaders in Urban Agriculture Awards.
In this Podcast:
Greg and Hayley chat about the INUAg, it’s purpose of promoting worthwhile urban farming projects around the world and the annual awards program which accepts submissions until mid-August every year.
Listen in and Learn about:
- Hayley’s story about how she got to where she is at the International Network for Urban Agriculture
- More about what the non-profit INUAg is and what they stand for
- How the organization is promoting URBAN agriculture around the world
- How the exchange and sharing of information is helping urban farmers
- More about the international aspect of urban ag and how similar the concept is around the world
- How harnessing global knowledge can help farmers in their local areas
- Dealing with issues around reclaiming urban soil for agricultural needs
- The history of the organization and how it expanded globally
- How the promotional support works internationally
- More about the awards program
- Educating communities
- Food justice
- How urban agriculture is essential to the social justice side of the local food movement
- More about INUAg and Haley’s experience there
- Hayley’s advice to urban farmers who might be struggling
- Finally – why should an urban farmer apply for or nominate someone for the award
Books Hayley recommends
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
How to Reach Hayley or find out more about the Awards